I like Canada. They gave us the Cape Breton sound, Geddy, Alex and Neil, and SCTV, among other things. They also provided Americans with a good place to film a movie or TV show and have people believe it was actually shot in the US.
This time of year the Great White North ain’t so great, though.
On Saturday the normally pristine white ice of the Gulf of St. Lawrence ran red, as Canada’s annual seal hunt got underway.
Despite international outcry, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the hunts will continue, and calls his country the “victim of… an international propaganda campaign.”
There are some victims in this, but they’re not of the human variety.
Harper insists the hunts are done in as humane a manner as possible. For the seals, this translates to being whacked through the head with a metal spike, being dragged by the wound across the ice and ultimately being skinned alive.
What’s Harper smoking, eh?
Seals are pretty slow and awkward outside of the water. And they have no claws or fangs, just flippers. So it’s fairly easy for a hunter to simply walk up to one as it tries to scamper away and bash its brains out with a club.
What’s the reason for this annual carnage? Well, it’s the reason behind everything – money. It’s been said the seals “eat too many fish,” taking money out of the pockets of the Canadian seafood industry.
Fish are seals’ natural diet, and I’d suggest they have as much right (more, actually) to the fish as any commercial fisherman.
Perhaps seals would be spared slaughter if they preferred their seafood grilled, and served with a lemon butter sauce?